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« on: December 03, 2007, 01:07:40 AM »

Hello,

Any recommendations for a microphone. I will be using it for vocal recording - Sacred Music and Opera (and other) - and will be plugging it into my computer.

Here is one I saw at Best Buy - is it any good?

Samson - Dynamic Vocal Microphone



Note: I don't have a lot to spend - it needs to be ideally under $100 (under $50 would be much, much better!). I know the general rule you get what you pay for, but I am a man on a budget.
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2007, 01:27:58 AM »

Hello,

Any recommendations for a microphone. I will be using it for vocal recording - Sacred Music and Opera (and other) - and will be plugging it into my computer.

Here is one I saw at Best Buy - is it any good?

Samson - Dynamic Vocal Microphone



Note: I don't have a lot to spend - it needs to be ideally under $100 (under $50 would be much, much better!). I know the general rule you get what you pay for, but I am a man on a budget.

Samson makes a quality product for the price.  When I played in my old band, we would record our practices throuh a soundboard to the computer with one Samson microphone in the center of the room.  The quality was pretty good.
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2007, 01:36:01 AM »

Hello,

Samson makes a quality product for the price.  When I played in my old band, we would record our practices throuh a soundboard to the computer with one Samson microphone in the center of the room.  The quality was pretty good.

I've been looking around the internet and it seems that there are some condenser mic's for under a hundred - like the Samson C01. I am intending on using this more for recording than performance - do you think I would be better served with a condenser mic?
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2007, 12:35:19 PM »

My brother sells recording equipment. I'll ask him what he recommends.
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2007, 11:10:45 PM »

Hello,

My brother sells recording equipment. I'll ask him what he recommends.
Thanks, I appreciate it. And ask him if he has an online site for his store.



I've sure been learning a lot about microphones. A friend of mine told me about this site:

Musician's Friend

They seem to have a lot of great deals in all sorts of instruments and equipment!

I came upon this microphone on that site and it seems promising:

MXL V63M Studio Condenser Microphone

From what I understand now, I'd have to get a few more pieces of equipment - a pre mic, a stand and boom, and an adapter for my computer input.

Thoughts?
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007, 01:05:29 AM »

Hello,

I might also note that after see the reasonable prices at Musician's Friend that I am considering a few more pieces of equipment (mic stand, mixer, etc.) and creating a small home recording studio.
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« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2007, 11:55:01 PM »

The Shure SM58 is a great all around vocal mike. It is a real work horse and fairly inexpensive at around $100.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM58-Mic?sku=270101
For individual vocals you can't get a better value; excellent sound and a GREAT price.

Musicians friend is basically guitar center. Guitar center bought out Musicians friend around 1998 or 1999. My husband worked at GC for a number of years.

My husband really liked Mackie as far as mixers go. At one point we had our own recoding studio set up with numerous bass guitars (for me) and numerous electric and acoustic guitars. But bills must be paid, and high quality gear isn't worth anything when you need to pay the mortgage. Cry

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« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2007, 11:57:26 PM »

Another great website is; http://www.music123.com
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2007, 10:01:45 PM »

Hello,

The Shure SM58 is a great all around vocal mike. It is a real work horse and fairly inexpensive at around $100.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM58-Mic?sku=270101
For individual vocals you can't get a better value; excellent sound and a GREAT price.

How is it for high quality recording. I will be using the microphone for next to none live performances. It will be used to record vocals and then run it through a program to add effects (i.e., reverb). But recording is the primary function of this microphone. It will mainly be recording in what I making a studio (makeshift, no sound-dampening, no acoustical qualities, etc.) - but there is a remote possibility of recording my choir at Church during Mass.



Musicians friend is basically guitar center. Guitar center bought out Musicians friend around 1998 or 1999. My husband worked at GC for a number of years.
Interesting. I think there is a new Guitar Center store in my town. I'll have to check it out.
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2007, 10:16:03 PM »

Athanasios,

PM the poster here known as 'kelfar'.  He is probably the most qualified on this subject.
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2007, 10:35:06 PM »

Hello,
Thanks, I appreciate it. And ask him if he has an online site for his store.
Haven't forgotten about you! I left a message with my brother a couple of weeks ago, but he didn't get back to me, and with the funeral and all, I don't think it's the right time to bring it up again. Good luck in your search, and if I can find out anything, I'll be sure to post it.
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« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2007, 01:19:39 PM »

Hello,

Haven't forgotten about you! I left a message with my brother a couple of weeks ago, but he didn't get back to me, and with the funeral and all, I don't think it's the right time to bring it up again. Good luck in your search, and if I can find out anything, I'll be sure to post it.

Thank you. And I pray that all is well with your family.
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2007, 02:46:34 PM »

Hello,

How is it for high quality recording. I will be using the microphone for next to none live performances. It will be used to record vocals and then run it through a program to add effects (i.e., reverb). But recording is the primary function of this microphone. It will mainly be recording in what I making a studio (makeshift, no sound-dampening, no acoustical qualities, etc.) - but there is a remote possibility of recording my choir at Church during Mass.


It is excellent for home recording. Many studios have it on hand because it is such an excellent mike.

The type of mike you need for a single in studio recording and one you would need for a choir are completely different. You would need a different type, and multiple mikes to record a choir in high quality. Whereas you would need one to record a single instrument or voice.

The Shure is a cardioid dynamic mic. I belive that a more condenser type mic would work better for the purpose of recording a choir. And in any case you need multiple mics as various positions to get the best sound possible. One mic on a choir just will not do.


You might consider getting a minidisc recorder to try out recording your choir.  Setting up a mobile recording studio is really hard. That way you can record on a single mic and then listen. When you want to do a more thourgh job you can buy the multiple mics, find the perfect place, figure out mic positioning and the like. Most of your time would be setting up the equipment rather than actually singing/recording. A minidisc with a nice little built in condenser mic is actually quite good for recording live bands, speaking and choirs.
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2007, 02:52:32 PM »

I can't recommend any mic over the Shure SM58 for the quality and value.
Although many people like the Beta too.
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2007, 03:06:34 PM »

Add two turntables and you can really get jiggy with it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2007, 12:36:55 AM »

Okay, I finally got a recommendation from my brother. He says the Blue Snowball is the mic for you. It uses a USB cable, so it'll plug directly into whatever computer you buy. It also comes with its own software, which is Win/Mac compatible, and should be compatible with Linux as well (though he hasn't tried it on a Linux computer--they only have Win and Macs at the store, and he only has Win at home). He has them on sale right now for $99 (MSRP is $159). Plus, it sounds terrific; it should give you a true sound even without soundproofing.

But the best feature by far, he says, is that it looks like a spaceship. Smiley

Take a look here:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Blue-Snowball-USB-Microphone-103647319-i1127343.gc
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« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2007, 08:34:19 PM »

OK-brain fart. I know nothing about mics for computers. Unless you are setting up with a recording device/studio, my advice above is useless. The Shure is not a USB mic.
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« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2007, 10:15:25 PM »

Honestly, I didn't know USB mics existed until my brother told me about them. I pretty much wrote here what he told me.
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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2007, 10:18:25 PM »

Hello,

Honestly, I didn't know USB mics existed until my brother told me about them. I pretty much wrote here what he told me.

I've not heard good things about USB mics. The one I get will be with the XLR connections.
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2007, 10:20:07 PM »

Hello,

OK-brain fart. I know nothing about mics for computers. Unless you are setting up with a recording device/studio, my advice above is useless. The Shure is not a USB mic.

The mic will run through a mixer and the mixer will connect to my computer via the sound card - the special high quality card I'll get that has XLR connections (I'm looking at M-Audio seriously).

I am looking closely at the SM-58 - it's between that or possibly a condenser mic, like the one I linked to in one of my previous posts.
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« Reply #20 on: December 23, 2007, 10:20:57 PM »

Hello,

Okay, I finally got a recommendation from my brother. He says the Blue Snowball is the mic for you. It uses a USB cable, so it'll plug directly into whatever computer you buy. It also comes with its own software, which is Win/Mac compatible, and should be compatible with Linux as well (though he hasn't tried it on a Linux computer--they only have Win and Macs at the store, and he only has Win at home). He has them on sale right now for $99 (MSRP is $159). Plus, it sounds terrific; it should give you a true sound even without soundproofing.

But the best feature by far, he says, is that it looks like a spaceship. Smiley

Take a look here:
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Blue-Snowball-USB-Microphone-103647319-i1127343.gc

I don't think that is quite what I am looking for. But, thank your brother for his time.
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